Positive thoughts from a Christian Perspective

  • Lost Balloons

    Lost Balloons

    The fall our oldest son turned four, he enjoyed his first state fair. We walked the midway, road on a carousel, and shared a giant corn dog. The little guy’s eyes were wide with wonder! At some point, we came upon a man holding dozens of brightly colored helium balloons. Families were buying them up…

  • Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

    Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

    As an elementary music teacher, it’s a joy taking my students to sing at nursing homes. The picture above captures a boy (age 5) bonding with a woman (age 95). The two became fast friends, back in 2015, and were featured in our local newspaper under the headline, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Praise be to…

  • Surfing Uncertainty

    Surfing Uncertainty

    When in a crisis, it’s a good idea to consult someone who has survived a few. Actor Alan Alda, 87–of T.V. show M*A*S*H fame–was asked in a 2020 interview how optimistic he was for his children and grandchildren’s future. Here’s what he told AARP magazine: With the world changing so rapidly, there’s no point in being optimistic…

  • Not So Sticky Notes

    Not So Sticky Notes

    One day last week after school I found a sticky note on the driver’s side window of my minivan: “Thank you for all your hard work.” Love, Admin. “How thoughtful, an atta boy just for me; our principal must have noticed the extra work I did with our traveling music group.” I felt seen. Encouraged.…

  • Paws and Reflect (3): Jesus Talks to His Dad

    Paws and Reflect (3): Jesus Talks to His Dad

    The (continuing) adventures of a dog who followed Jesus.

  • Four (More) Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

    Four (More) Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

    This past September, after four years of blogging, I wrote about four things I’d learned. Lucky me, it took only seven months to learn four more! So, for what it’s worth, here they are: 4. Instead of Reposting, Repurpose I know, it’s easier to click “repost” than to use something a fellow blogger wrote to…